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12 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Steve Silberman asks, ... · 4 replies · -1 points

Well, what's more interesting to me is that the piece ended up getting linked to lots of websites, but there's less discussion here than anywhere else. Maybe the Sun readership knows all this stuff already, or at least the parts about the teachers.

12 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Steve Silberman asks, ... · 1 reply · 0 points

Yes, Credentials, but the term "logic board" wasn't invented by Apple until the 1980s, long after the period I was describing.

13 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Impossible Happiness: ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Nice, Matt.

13 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Shambhala Sun Audio: S... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks for this interview and link, Rod. You do such a great job with this website.

13 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Tiger Woods: Should he... · 0 replies · +1 points

Not sure how closely you read my comments, Deb. I don't hate Hume. Having lost one of my best friends to suicide, I know how much pain is involved for everyone. But I sure despise Fox as a destructive force of mass delusion. I wish Hume luck in freeing himself from it someday.

13 years ago @ MercatorNet - MercatorNet. A voice f... · 1 reply · +1 points

I'm legally married to my partner of 15 years, Mrs. O' Riordan. It's you who have allowed yourself to become "confused" about the meaning of marriage by mean-spirited bigots. My partner and I are absolutely clear about the meaning of marriage, and you might be glad to discover that it's probably very similar to yours: love, lifelong commitment, caring for one another in sickness and health, stability, fidelity, and the discovery of the meaning of life by staying true to one another. If you want the foundation of society to stay strong, try advocating the same societal virtues for everyone. Casting gay couples out of the institution that has undoubtedly brought those virtues into your life is not the best way to do it.

13 years ago @ MercatorNet - MercatorNet. A voice f... · 0 replies · -2 points

"Alleged" anti-gay bias? What are you talking about, Jennifer? Proposition 8 was bias and bigotry in its purest form, and you're playing cruel and childish games with other people's lives by talking about "adding 14 words" to the state constitution. ("Arbeit macht frei" was only three words.) You should search your soul and ask yourself why you're so invested in preventing the happiness of couples who have been committed for decades. I can't imagine how you sleep at night. Try as NOM might, its hasn't been able to dredge up a single documented ill effect on straight marriage caused by gay marriage. Young people know this intuitively, which is why your war on other people's privacy, meaning, love, and commitment is doomed to lose -- ten years from now, if not now. Is this really how you want to spend your life, fighting for other people's unhappiness?

13 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Tiger Woods: Should he... · 0 replies · +3 points

> why the exasperation?

Imagine if Walter Cronkite had said on CBS after Bernie Madoff was arrested, "Well, you know, Madoff is going to have a hard time redeeming himself if he keeps up with that Judaism thing. Jews just don't have the same access to God as we, as Christians, do. If Madoff really wants to make amends for the evil he's done, he'll convert."

That's why the exasperation. Hume's remark was ignorant and unseemly for a major media figure. It's one thing to say "My life is better since I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior." It's another to criticize other people's religious lives, particularly when you don't know what you're talking about.

Am I exasperated at Hume? Not so much, though it would be nice if he took this opportunity to, say, crack open a single book about Buddhism before he utters another word about it in public.

But Hume's relentless promotion of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (sic!!!) did much more damage to this country than his comments about Tiger Woods.

13 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Tiger Woods: Should he... · 2 replies · +2 points

First Noble Truth alert: "When my son died, I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me." - Brit Hume

Hume's son committed suicide.

That said, I think that Hume's employer, Fox, has done more than any other big media organization in history to increase the amount of suffering, delusion, aversion, violence, rage, and just plain ignorance on the planet. Fox is not a news organization; it's a propaganda machine for the American equivalent of the Taliban. That fact shows itself in incidents like this. Not sure what to do about it, though; I don't believe this country has ever faced anything like it.

14 years ago @ Shambhala SunSpace - Opinion: David R. Loy ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Obama made that choice before he was elected and was quite clear about it. This is from his big foreign policy speech on July 15, 2008:

"As President, I will pursue a tough, smart and principled national security strategy - one that recognizes that we have interests not just in Baghdad, but in Kandahar and Karachi, in Tokyo and London, in Beijing and Berlin. I will focus this strategy on five goals essential to making America safer: ending the war in Iraq responsibly; finishing the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban; securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states; achieving true energy security; and rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century...
Now is the time for a responsible redeployment of our combat troops that pushes Iraq's leaders toward a political solution, rebuilds our military, and refocuses on Afghanistan and our broader security interests."